Hi , My dad is 68 years old.He
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Hi , My dad is 68 years old.He is diabetic and suffering from blood pessure. Also he has Sleep apnea issues..Offlate he is sleeping excessively, speaks while sleeping and also speaks assuming that a person is nearby (while the person is nt in the vicinity)..What can be the reason for the same?..A friend of mine asked me to check sodium levels..If that has to be tested , should that be done before fasting...

PAST HISTORY : diabetic, Blood pressure...Also has heavy snoring problem...

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Hi,

You told me that your father is having hallucinations(he sees what is not there actually),these are commonly seen due to hyperosmolar, hyperglycemic , nonketotic syndromes.

The cause of hallucination is usually rapid rise in blood sugar.(the cause might be some exisiting infection in body). I have never heard of hallucination due to electrolyte imbalance,however you may get it checked as(electrolyte imbalance) definitely can cause confusion.

Rest if he has very high blood sugar, dehydrated, thirsty again and again, have high fever, giving toxic look then kindly consult a doctor.

Keep a continuous blood sugar check up(regular monitoring) and keep it within limits. You don't have to be fasting for getting sodium levels checked. Have regular intake of fluid but without alcohol or caffeine.

Feel free to ask more questions.

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